Saundatti

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Saundatti
ಸವದತ್ತಿ
Savadatti Fort
Savadatti Fort
Saundatti is located in Karnataka
Saundatti
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°47′00″N 75°07′00″E / 15.7833°N 75.1167°E / 15.7833; 75.1167Coordinates: 15°47′00″N 75°07′00″E / 15.7833°N 75.1167°E / 15.7833; 75.1167
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Belgaum district
Area
 • Total 16 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation 610 m (2,000 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 38,155
 • Density 2,384.69/km2 (6,176.3/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 591 126
Telephone code 08330
Vehicle registration KA-24

Saundatti (Kannada Savadatti) also known as Sugandavarti[1] and Savadatti is one of the oldest towns in Belgaum district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a celebrated pilgrimage centre located 78 kilometres from Belgaum. Savadatti is also the name of the taluk (sub-district), which was previously named Parasgad. There are several ancient temples in Saudatti.

History[edit]

The historical name of the Savadatti was Sugandavarti"Sougandipura". It was the capital of the Ratta dynasty (from 875-1230), until the capital shifted to Belgaum.[2]

  • During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, Belagaon (Belgaum)[3] was the capital of the Rattas, the chieftains of Saundatti. The fort at Belgaum was built by Bichiraja (Ratta Dynasty) in 1204.
  • The Ratta clan was one of several which came out of the Rashtrakuta Dynasty.
  • Rattas of Saundatti accepted[4] the overlordship of Taila II (AD 973-977).
  • Two of the pillars at Belgaum fort have Kannada inscriptions in Nagari script, one inscription from around 1199 is attributed to the Ratta king Kartaveerya IV.

The Rattas (Rashtrakutas) of Saundatti[edit]

  • In one of the inscriptions related to Rattas of Saundatti it is mentioned that Krishna III having appointed Prithvirama[5] as a chief feudatory had dignified the Ratta dynasty of Saundatti.
  • The Rattas of the saundatti, who were used to represent themselves as lords of the Lattaluru[6](present day Latur), could have represented their ancestor as Manyakheta pua var adhisvara if they wanted to avoid Lattalura pura var adhisvara.

Inscriptions[edit]

  • At Saundatti, in front of the Western Chalukya-style Ankeshwara temple, there is an inscription carved into the wall by the Ratta Chief Ankarasa.

Jainism[edit]

  • The Rattas of Savadatti are Jains[8] by religion.
  • In the 11th century Rattas of Saundatti and their provincial governors were great patrons of Jainism.[9] Kartivirya's son, a Jain saint Munichandra, a minister to Laksmideva and a teacher, and has the title of Acarya, the founder of Ratta-rajya.
  • Savadatti has two small Jain basadis dating back to Ratta times.

Tourism[edit]

Saundatti Fort, Karnataka
Kadasiddheshwara temple in Savadatti Fort, Karnataka
Renuka sagara, Savadatti, Karnataka
Yallammagudda, Savadatti, Karnataka
Navila Teertha, near Savadatti, Karnataka


Savadatti fort[edit]

18th century Savadatti fort was built by the Sirasangi Desai with 8 bastions. Savadatti fort has a Kadasiddheshwara temple, surrounded by four bastions. Around the Kadasiddheshwara temple in the inner chajja of the prakara there is a row of beautiful carvings of geometrical patterns with over two hundred designs, some painted.

Renuka Sagara[edit]

Renuka sagara is a reservoir for the Malaprabha River adjacent to Saundatti, formed by the Navilatirtha Dam. The name Renuka sagar because of the famous Renuka (Yallamma) temple Yallammagudda Saundatti.

Yallammagudda[edit]

The temple of Goddess Yellamma or Sri Renukadevi is a popular pilgrimage site for Shakti devotees. Every day, hundreds of pilgrims visit the temple with great devotion. The congregation is especially large, crossing the ten lakh mark on two auspicious days Banada Hunime and Bharathi Hunime. The century-old temple of Yellamma is situated atop Yellamagudda, amidst picturesque Ramalinga Hills about 5 km from Savadatti. Between Savadatti and the temple is the magnificent fort of Parashghad, dating back to the 10th century.

Navilatirtha[edit]

The Renukasagara, formed by the Navilatirtha Dam touches the low-lying areas of Saundatti. There is a spot called Jogulabhavi here, where there is a temple. Pilgrims take a holy dip here before visiting the Yellamma Hill. This Samādhi is in the area called Ramapur at Saundatti, which is humming with religious activities.

Shirasangi Shri KalikaDevi Temple[edit]

Shirasangi a small village located approximately 25 kilometers from Saundati is very famous for Shri Kalikadevi temple. The temple is known to be very ancient and is believed to be the place where Shringa maharishi worshiped Shri Kalikadevi. Shirasangi is also famous for Shri Tyagveera Lingaraja Desai. Shri Lingaraj was one of the main donors to give land to K.L.E Society.

Savadatti Temples[edit]

The town has temples dedicated to Ankeshwara, Puradeshwara, Nagarkere Mallikarjuna, Veerabhadra, Ulvi Basavaeshwara, Mouneshwara, Dyamavva and Venkateshwara, which is the largest.

Puradeshwara temple[edit]

The Puradeshwara temple in the later Chalukya style is a trikutachala with three ardhamantapas, a common navaranga and two mukhamantapas. Gurlhosur Chidambar temple is also an historical temple. All three garbhagrihas with pierced windows have shivalingas. The shikhara, now damaged, over the central garbhagriha is in Kadambanagara style and the navaranga pillars are lathe-turned. Inside the niches of the navaranga are images of Parvati and Veerabhadra. This temple has been renovated very crudely. On the day of Ugadi, the rising sun's rays fall directly on the main shivalinga. The outer walls have fine sculptures depicting Hindu mythology and there are inclined chajjas all round. The open mukhamantapa, a later addition, is also in the same style with massive pillars.

Ankeshwara temple[edit]

The Ankeshwara temple in Desaigalli, built by Rattas in 1048 is in the Western Chalukya style and is below the ground level. There are steps descending to the mukhamantapa. In front of the temple, there is an inscription carved into the wall by the builder, Ratta Chief Ankarasa.

Images of Saundatti fort[edit]

Also visit[edit]

References[edit]

On can get more info, from the http://karnatakatravel.blogspot.com/ (which I do often).